James J. Kamp

Colonel James J. Kamp Jr., USAF (Ret.),died in Saint Charles, MO, on 3 September 2009. He was 76 years old. Born in California on 25  February 1933. He attended the University of California for one year before entering the Naval Academy. He graduated  in 1956 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.


Following his commissioning, Jim attended navigator training for one year at Ellington AFB, Texas. He then went on to pilot training at Hondo AFB, Texas, and Vance AFB, Oklahoma. He piloted the B-47 in the 100th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. He then was assigned to the 19th Bomb Wing at Homestead AFB, Florida, as a B-52 Aircraft Commander, and then went to Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, in the office of the deputy chief of staff for plans, future systems. In 1967, Jim served with the 4258th Strategic Wing, U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, as a B-52 operations officer, and flew 108 missions as the B-52 Airborne Commander over North and South Vietnam .Jim received a master’s degree in management from the University of Southern California. He successfully attended the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Jim commanded the National Emergency Command Post (NEACP) a joint command under the J-3 organization of  the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The command was unique as its mission was to provide worldwide survivable command, control and communications for the President. Jim retired from the Air Force in 1983. His awards were many, highlighted by the Defense Superior Service medal, two Meritorious Service medals, the Air Force Commendation medal, five air medals and others.


He then worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company as program manager for “Battle Management” on the Star Wars program until 1994.


Jim’s wife, Lucile, predeceased him. He is survived by his former wife of 40 years, Ginger Kamp of San Luis Obispo, CA and their children: Brian Kamp of Saint Charles, MO; Laurie Kamp Sharp of Garden Valley, CA; David Kamp of Morgan Hill, CA; and six grandchildren.